Arms Wide Open - Easter Spoken Word

I guess when it comes to the Christian calendar, our defining moments, our stake-in-the-ground, remember-and-celebrate-this events can lose some of their impact and power because we visit them annually. We can be at risk of actually being less creative, less inspired and less passionate about sharing our story, the story of God, in our most crucial moments. Think Christmas services and Easter events. 

If we aren't careful, we stroll our way through well-worn scripture and it can almost sound arbitrary as we share how God actually became a human, or how Jesus died and rose again... Hold on what? Jesus actually drank the darkest and most horrific suffering the world could and would produce so that we don't have to, so that we can go free? And yet I know I can hit a mundane wall when thinking through ways to present this good news, outrageous, offensive, life-saving news, in a way that doesn't sound tripped-out and traditional.

All this is to say, we must keep experimenting, must keep creating new language and forms of sharing our defining moments as the people of God. We have an extraordinary story, we must become extraordinary story-tellers.

Here's my latest attempt to do this, to keep creating new ways to tell our biggest moments. If this Easter spoken word film 'Arms Wide Open' helps you share your faith online, brings a different sit-up-and-pay-attention moment to your church gathering, whether it focuses your worship, fuels your prayers, or inspires you to create your own expression, then take it, run with it, spread it and use it as a spring-board.

God bless this Easter, Jesus is risen. Because He lives, we can live, and he's inviting everyone to know this and experience it. This is the God of arms wide open.

Download this video to use in your church this Easter


Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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